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Pandora Nabs Amazon Music Exec Chris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO (Hypebot) – Pandora today announced that Chris Phillips has been named Chief Product Officer and will serve on the company’s Executive Leadership Team. He comes to Pandora from Amazon where he was Director of Product Management and User Experience for Amazon Digital Music.

Prior to Amazon, he led the Apple QuickBooks business at Intuit as Director, Apple QuickBooks Product Management, Marketing and User Experience. Phillips has also held roles at Workspeed and Accenture.

Phillips will be responsible for leading Pandora’s overarching product strategy and roadmap and partner with the tech team to develop new products. As Chief Product Officer, Phillips’ specific functional areas of responsibility include product management, product design and product analytics.

The addition of Phillips to Pandora’s Executive Leadership Team rounds out a year of executive hires who bring significant operating experience with large companies. In addition to Phillips, last February two key additions included Chief Strategy Officer Sara Clemens (Xbox, LinkedIn) and Chief Human Resources Officer Kristen Robinson (Yahoo). Then, in June, David Gerbitz (Microsoft, Yahoo) was hired to lead Pandora’s Revenue Operations team, which includes Sales Operations, Pricing & Yield Management and Advertising Operations. Finally, just last week, Steve Bené (Electronic Arts) was appointed General Counsel.